Four days of Perth COVID-19 restrictions to be in place from midnight tonight.
Following the news that Perth will be coming out of a full lockdown from midnight tonight, Mark McGowan did announce Perth and Peel region will still be under some COVID-19 restrictions.
While 29,963 tests have been performed since Friday and of the close contact 222 out of 354 have returned a negative test results so far, with 50 of those people from the Kitchen Inn restaurant.
Currently, there are 748 casual contacts that have been identified. And 329 of those have returned a negative result so far.
“However, a range of interim restrictions will remain in place as part of a stepped-down approach.
“We need to be cautious as we come out of lockdown. The virus could still be out there, and that’s why this approach is safe and the best way forward,” said Mr McGowan
Interim Perth COVID-19 Restrictions
The interim restrictions will be in place for the next four days – from 12.01am Tuesday 27 April, through to 12.01am on Saturday 1 May.
As more COVID-19 test results are received then details on a plan for Saturday and onwards will be provided.
Free to leave your home but masks are required
From tomorrow, people in the Perth and Peel regions will be free to leave their homes.
Masks will remain mandatory, as they are now, both indoors and outdoors, and on public transport.
As they are now, masks are not required for primary school children or younger, for vigorous outdoor exercise and for people exempt, including those with certain disabilities.
The ‘stay at home’ order will be revoked – people can return to work unless they can work from home or they are in a vulnerable category.
Schools are open
All schools will resume, but all staff and students at secondary schools will be required to wear a mask. Primary school students will not be required to wear a mask.
Teaching staff at both primary and secondary schools are permitted to remove their mask while teaching. TAFE can open, just like schools. Universities are open but only for online learning.
From tomorrow, there will be a 20-person limit in all homes, and private indoor and outdoor gatherings. All public venues including hospitality venues, entertainments venues, and retail outlets can re-open – except for the Casino, nightclubs, and indoor fitness venues.
The 4 square metre capacity rule will be in place for this period only, with a limit of 20 patrons, not including staff.
As in the past, the workplace, schools and public transport are exempt from the 4 square metre rule.
For hospitality venues, like pubs, cafes and restaurants, it will be seated service only for the next four days.
Wedding and Funerals
For the next four days, weddings and funerals can apply for an exemption to have 100 people. As they have during the lockdown period.
Community sport and training can proceed with players and officials, but no spectators.
Visits to hospital, aged care and disability care facilities are restricted to compassionate grounds only. Elective surgeries will be limited to Category 1 and urgent Category 2 procedures.
Travel from Perth
From midnight tonight, people can travel out of the Perth and Peel regions, to other parts of WA. However, anyone who has been in Perth or Peel since 17 April must wear a mask in public places, as per the requirements above.
Optus Stadium and the Western Derby
No decision has been made yet on the crowds for the Western Derby at Optus Stadium, though Mark McGowan has advised that there will be clarification on this matter towards the end of the working week.
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